Haverhill — Felix Padilla, 58, of Danville, N.H., formerly of Haverhill, died on Monday, November 4, at the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, surrounded by his loving family, after a courageous battle with cancer.
Born in Ponce, Puerto Rico, Felix was the son of Armando Padilla Figueroa and Cruz Velazquez de Padilla. Raised in Haverhill, he was a graduate of Haverhill High School, Class of 1975, and attended Northern Essex Community College.
Mr. Padilla was employed as a machine operator for the A.W. Chesterton Co. in Groveland for five years. Felix enjoyed taking trips throughout New England, and going to the beach and swimming with the family dog, Picasso. As a pastime, he enjoyed working on computers. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his family and 13 grandchildren, visiting farms, apple picking, and all outdoor seasonal activities. He also enjoyed family parties with his in-laws, indulging in his culture with Latin music, food and karaoke.
He leaves behind his best friend and beloved wife of 26 years, Griselda (Sanchez) Padilla, of Danville, N.H. Besides his wife, he is survived by his two sons, Kyle and his wife. Jennifer Andino of McGuire AFB, N.J., Shaun and his wife, Nicole Padilla of Methuen, Mass.; three daughters, Michelle Andino of Danville, N.H., Tanya Padilla and her partner, Anna Gonzales of Denver, Colo., and Chrissy and her husband, Jose Rivera of Haverhill. He had five brothers, Nelson Vargas, of Puerto Rico, Louis Valezquez and his wife Rosin, of Hampton, Mass., Jesus Padilla of Philadelphia, Pa., Alvin Padilla and his wife, Cathy, of Haverhill, and Johnny Padilla, of Florida; four sisters, Evelyn Cirilo and her husband, Michael, of Florida, Isabel Padilla of Florida, Miriam Velazquez and her spouse, Victor, of Puerto Rico, and Altagracia Villafane of Florida; and several nieces and nephews. He also leaves behind 13 beloved grandchildren, Jalisa, who attends Suffolk University, Adelise who attends UMass of Amherst, and Natalia of New Hampshire, Jameson, Taliah, and Kade of McGuire AFB, N.J., Antonio and Aviana of Denver, Colo., Shayla, Madeline and Cameron of Methuen, and Elian and Nayli of Bradford.
Memorial donations may be made in his name to the Merrimack Valley Hospice House, 360 North Ave., Haverhill, MA 01830.
ARRANGEMENTS: Friends and family are respectfully invited to call on Thursday, from 4 to 7 p.m., at the Kevin B. Comeau Funeral Home, 486 Main Street, Route 125, Haverhill. Funeral services will be held on Friday morning, beginning at 9 a.m., from the funeral home, with a Mass of Christian Burial to be celebrated at 10 a.m., in St. James Church, Winter Street, Haverhill. Burial will follow in Linwood Cemetery, Haverhill. Please visit Comeau Funeral Home on Facebook, or www.comeaufuneral.com.